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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas DECEMBER Section B to havfl your event contact features Editor Prian Grant com my life is blessed bemuse 1 have love and me and my j Patricia Guerra j NewBraunfete SHOW T4MES For local its a seasonof ARTS JESSE LOTT RETROSPECTIVE When to Mon 19 through Sat Urdabandnobn to Sun i When New Braunfels Muse um of Art and 1259 GrueneRoad Tickets seniors and free for children under 12 Information or New Braunfels Art League Gallery holiday show with affordable art and gifts When to Mon day through noon to Where New Braunfels Art League San Antonio Information 6298022 STAGE WIZARDOFOZ Auditions 10 40 chil onedogneeded When 4 to Sunday for 5 to 12 at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery 4 to Monday and Tuesday for adults and teens at the Brauntex Theatre Information 6270808 ARLONSEAYBAND CONCERT Where Arlon Seay Intermedi ate 20911 Texas 46 SpringBranch CAROLING ONTHE PI4ZA Sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council When Thursday Where Main Plaza Information 6254248 SPECHT ELEMENTARY HOLIDAY CONCERT When Thursday Where Specht Elementary 25850 OverlookPark San Antonio ARLON SEAY HOLIDAYCONCERT 7 Thursday Wherq Arlon Seaylntermedi dte 20911 Texas HOFFMAN LANE concert Service volunteer groups kick into overdrive during holidays Photos by DAVID Above Rotarian Wayne Vrba rings his bell Tuesday morning in front of this is Vrbas second year volunteering for the Salvation Below SOS Food Bank volunteers Ray and Jim Draweprepare an order for a waiting The two volunteer every Tuesday morning at HOW TO HELP The Salvation Armys Angel j Tree is located at Johnny I Carinos Country Italian j 1304 E Common Deliver gifts to the restau rant or the Salvation Army Service 373B Landa Call Donate Blue Santa money toys to the Blue Santa Call 620 P The Sheriffs Office Green Santa program is coordinated by Sharon Call 620 Master Sgt Juan Medrano is coordinator of the JROTC I Toys for Tots Call I The SOS Food which i provides food to needy fami I lies year can be j reached at By Bill Ervin Correspondent The Christmas season Is the time of year when people think about God and goodwill more than they do any other It seems the nearer Christ mas the more people want to help others who are in People dig in their pockets for loose change or into their wallets for folding money to place in the Salva tion Army Red They help their churches and vari ous service clubs and organi zations with toys and cash to help brighten Christmas for the less fortu Collection boxesfor annual drives for the Comal County Sheriff Department Green Santa the New Braunfels Police Department Blue Santa program and the New Braunfels High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC Toys forTots are filled by peo ple wanting to give something to help someone Veterans organizations have programs for needy families at as do many service clubs and organizations like Eagles and Employees of some busi nesses also package and distribute clothing These programs would not exist without donations of money food and other and volunteers to do the hands on work A significant number of folks who sit by Salvation Army kettles or pack and deliver gift boxes can be found helping other folks all year Beth Dittmer is one such She is one of about 50 people who take turns ring ing a little bell at Salvation Army kettles in New Braun A member of Paul Lutheran Church in New she said the church provided several members to help the Red Kettle I ring the hand bells at but this is Dittmer I just hold it with my thumb and two fingers and move it side She was wearing a red and green elfs I usually wear a Santa but just thought Id wear this one I tell the kids I was helping Santa make the toys and took time off today to ring the she For as with many volunteering isnt a seasonal She is also a volunteer at Hope Hospice and is a member of new llth Hour program created so that No one has to die The SOS Food a min istry of New Braunfels First Protestant is operated year round entirely by volun Frances treasurer and a longtime said the SOS Food Bank is a United Way agency and also relies heavily on donations from businesses and Abel owner of Abels Diner in is vice pres ident of the food bank and contributes regularly to the food banks He also works with other First Protes tant Church volunteers to pack and deliver food boxes to needy families at Thanks giving and He said 30 boxes are needed this Not all programs have an abundance of I Have four or five people who are very close and I can depend said Sissy Blue Santa direc Plans call for the Blue Santa program to serve about 300 children from 105 families this Out of 200 Every so J like tp check in with Willie just to see how things are going with the Red Usually I give Paul English a Hes been drurnrner and best friend since pa He and I becaroe friends after one ofWJUtes shows at Nilson schedules 3 Texas shows WiUie and family were on tour in California when I caught up wWi Eng Nglsonis competing against English ajsked me to remind their fens fieie jh Texas about some upcoming shows in the une Star Pirstup is a show at the Austin Muste Han Tnen its on to SPG Center in San Antonio for an appearance at the Stock Show March 21 at Reliant Stadium m Houston for their Stock Show At bat the pain and numbness hes expe Qne drawback of this is that Willie has been unable to sign auto Each week we try to keep you area this week lets Morrow 83 and Chris LePoux Over at thp Majestic theres 16 and Sting Hilary alias lizzie plays the Municipal Auditorium Jart The old Freeman Coliseum wel comes Brooks Dunn with a scaled down version of their Wild get pf both shows at anH rnnrortc at Looking north to guitarist Pale Watson plays the Broken Spoke and the Austin Music Willies recently MARTIN
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